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- "FINDERS KEEPERS"
By Alva Joyce Ringold ' (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.) The Gardners were poor people and they were pobrer than ever after the county fair had come and gone. That was late in September. The grounds used for the great annual exhibition were only half a mile away from the humble little home. It was the first time they had been used for that purpose, so Ruth Gardner, the mainstay of the family, devised, as she thought, a sure way to make some money out of it "Yes," her crotchety grandfather had agreed, "it looks likely and I'll supply the $200 to stock up, although it's my very last cent" "I am sure I can pay you back and make a nice, tidy profit," enthused the optimistic Ruth. There were four in the family old Mr. Gardner, .his widowed daughter, Mrs. Warren, Ruth's mother, and Ruth's younger sister, Netta. Ruth had been working as clerk in the big store of the town on extra rush days when the farmers came to the county seat It was a poor pay that she re ceived, but it helped to fill out A vast splurge, to her modest way of thinkmg, was possible when the fair came along. Her mother was a wonderful cook. Her pies, doughnuts and cookies were famous. Ruth got a new idea in her mind to start a little lunch booth on the fair grounds. She was awarded a most promising spot right near the entrance gates. It took $200 to secure a coffee steamer, knives, forks, spoons and the cook ing outfit, and the day the fair opened she and her mother took jn $50. Alas, for their simple hopes and fond calculations ! That very night a fire caught in a building next to their little booth and equipment, eatables and all they had were licked up in the flames. Ruth went back to her erratic em ployment at the town.atore. Grandpa Gardner fumed and fussed and fret ted over his loss. It was harder work thai ever getting along now. Mrs. Warren, however, made a little sup plying homemade cakes and bread to a few village families, which Netta delivered, as well as caring for quite a brood of chickens. It was just after the county fair closed that Netta came running into the house one morning and startled the helpless, brooding old grand father into a state of irritability by Gloated Oyer the Prospective Feast betraying vivid excitement of man ner and voice. "Oh, Ruth!" cried Netta, "what do you think? Come, quick! There's a great, beautiful, turkey has flown into the chicken yard!" "Eh! What's that?" exclaimed Grandfather Gardner, spurting up the energies of acquisition and appe tite, "a turkey? Don't let it get away. Pen it up. Feed it up. Why, I haven't tasted turkey for a whole year. It -will jnake a famous feast" , --iftM-